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Bethan Lofthouse

Bethan Lofthouse

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Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Orchestra + Animation = Awesome!

Don’t you just love it when two intricate art forms collide to make something equally as wonderful as each ingredient on its own? We saw this video (above) created by students from the University for the Creative Arts, and not only did we fall in love with the computer generated imagery, but we were impressed by the fact that this animation was synchronised with a live recording of  Milhaud’s 'La Création du Monde'.

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Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

Rotoscoping legend vists Escape - you coming?

On Wednesday Aug 7th rotoscoping guru Martin Body, whose work spans from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Casino Royale to Skyfall, is speaking at our Open Day about his epic career in the world of Visual Effects. Pre-digital, Martin was an optical and rostrum cameraman and even used to roto by hand using paper and scissors to create matts back in the day!

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Prometheus 2 - Have you got what it takes?

Prometheus 2 - Have you got what it takes?

Damon Lindelof was the genius behind the script for 2012’s VFX emblazoned Prometheus, but it was unveiled earlier this year that he will not be returning to write the script for the sequel.

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Are you a natural Compositor? Find out on a Taster Day

Are you a natural Compositor? Find out on a Taster Day

Fancy knowing more about compositing? Do you think you might just be a natural compositor? If you'd like to find out more then why not come along to one of our compositing taster days?

Compositing is a crucial part of the Visual Effects pipeline. It's the bit where everything comes together. pipeline, the bit where it all comes together. As a Compositor, you’re the person who has to make sure the shot meets the artistic brief from the
director. You’re the one who’s finessing that creative vision. That final, all important creative milestone – that’s you. The Compositor. The person who naturally looks for the finer detail, who enjoys checking that the colour is ‘just right’, the person who questions whether that ‘hair’ looks part of the scene or not and if not, why not? You’re the person who helps deceive the eye, so the viewer asks, where there any Visual Effects at all?

Combining lots of different elements to make us believe we’re looking at a single scene is no mean feat and it takes highly dedicated individuals to make it happen. Without Compositors we’d never be looking at those gorgeous finished shots we’re so used to seeing. Instead, we’d be looking at the gaudy wires that support actors during actions sequences and shots lacking in any kind of atmosphere or composition. This is the department where the real magic happens through a variety of processes.

So fancy a day trying this out? seeing if it's for you? Places are limited so make sure you register your details now.

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Tue 12 Feb 2013: 3:51pm

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Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters

Followers of the Escape Blog may remember that last week, we wrote about a few up and coming films due to hit the screen in early 2013. One that caught our eye in particular, was the Tommy Wirkola directed adaptation of the brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Hansel & Gretel’.

We were quite pleased this week then, as you’d imagine, when another trailer for the movie, (that, by the way, is aptly titled 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters') was released as part of a final promotion push by Paramount, before the film’s belated release on the 25th of January.

The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and picks up the plot 15 years after the gingerbread house-kidnap trauma, when Hansel and Gretel are fully fledged bounty hunters. Prepare yourself for an array of outrageous weapons, some serious explosions and all enhanced of course by some state of the art 3D!

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VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

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VFX - want to see how it's really done?

VFX - want to see how it's really done?

Fancy taking a peak behind the VFX scenes at Framestore's cinema? Framestore are one of the biggest post houses operating on Soho (London's VFX Hub...) today. They've worked on everything from The Golden Compass to Avatar to the Skyfall titles). We're conducting our last Open Day of the year there next Wednesday and we're rather excited about it!

As well as the standard festivities associated with events this time of year (The mince pie and mulled wine affair) the Open Day is going to kick off with Framestore's guest speak talking about his work on the awesome Skyfall titles. He's also an Escape graduate so will be chatting about his rise to the top - dishing out some handy tips and tricks he's learned along the way.

This is what the agenda is for the afternoon is looking like:

Format of the Open Days

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Xtra Special Xmas Open Days!

Xtra Special Xmas Open Days!

Do you want to find out more about Visual Effects? Want to meet the guys who blow all that stuff up? The people who make Bond a legend? The people who make you believe that VFX isn’t even in the film? To make our last two Open Day's of 2012 go out with a bang, we’re hosting them at our friends' facilities – two of the biggest post houses in operation today, Framestore & Cinesite.

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The VFX Festival 2012 - Get your tickets now!

The VFX Festival 2012 - Get your tickets now!

Step into the mind-blowing world of VFX with The VFX Festival! Escape Studios has created the first ever four-day festival exploring the breathtaking world of visual effects, held in London on 10th-13th October.

Celebrating a decade of UK visual effects, the festival will be packed with the most respected VFX talent, visionaries and companies who have helped shape the industry. Offering inspirational insight behind the clever trickery in this booming VFX industry, with an exciting four-day programme packed with insider knowledge and information, showreel demos, hands-on workshops and exclusive premieres, it's perfect for those with a creative talent or thirst to develop their VFX Career.

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Online Academy - Free Trial!

Online Academy - Free Trial!
Is your mind a whirling dervish of creativity? Do your Ideas formulate out of the blue, and evolve from non-existence to an intrinsically detailed vision, in a matter of minutes? 
Maybe you need to apply the reins to such skills, and materialise your ideas in an industry where the boundaries are near limitless…
There is a universal rule for all occupations, and whether you’re a butcher, baker, or a candlestick maker, the only way to get to the top of your game, Is to learn from the best in the business. Escape studios is a testament to such a statement. Coupled with a healthy dose of hard work, our experienced professional tutors can keep you on the straight and narrow path towards VFX success.
We understand though, that in the bustling 21st century one of our classroom courses is not the most ideal option for everyone. Which is why we’ve invested a lot of time making our online VFX academy as close to our classroom course as possible.
Mentored by one of our expert tutors on a weekly basis, you’ll be guided personally through each project, all the while receiving feedback on your progress. Our virtual classroom also allows you to meet, chat and see critiques of other students work.  Isn’t technology marvellous?
We’re so pleased with our online set up in fact, that we’re inviting you to take part in a one week free trial of it! You’ll be taken on a tour of our online academy by one of our fantastically helpful training advisors, after which you’ll proceed swiftly onto your costless one week trial. 
Don’t pass up the chance to get stuck into a piping hot, plentiful serving of VFX expertise. It really is an opportunity not to be missed!

Is your mind a whirling dervish of creativity? Do your ideas formulate out of the blue, and evolve from non-existence to intrinsically detailed visions, in a matter of minutes? Channeling these skills can be an adventure, especially if you enter an industry where the boundaries are seemingly limitless…

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Out with a bang

Out with a bang

Even if you only managed to catch a glimpse of yesterday’s Olympic closing ceremony – there’s no way you couldn’t have been impressed. What a party! From the rollerblading nuns (Surely genius in their own right?), to a bus ride with our very own modern day Willy Wonka, Russell Brand – it was certainly memorable to say the least. Damien Hirst brought the stage together with one of his signature Spin paintings – signalling the importance and influence of British art across the globe. Like religion, it divides and conquers and in this case, it achieved the latter.

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Snow White and The (very lovely) Huntsman

Snow White and The (very lovely) Huntsman

Last night my partner in crime (Fellow marketeer Ellen Payne) and I were fortunate enough to attend an exclusive premiere at Framestore’s in-house cinema to see Snow White and The Huntsman and wow – it was good. After a long busy day in work, I didn’t really have any expectations of how good the film might be (in fact, I was more excited about the possibility of an end-of-day cinema snooze). But no such luck, the film was awesome! And I sat wide eyed for the whole 127 minutes. As well as the dashing huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor), the Visual Effects was nothing short of incredible. From the dark army made of a thousand shards of glass to the oil-dripping evil queen Ravenna and sparkling gold animated mirror, it really is a feast for the eyes.

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For all you bears out there...

I came across this video the other day and as well as making me laugh (for quite some time...) it got me thinking. How many film / cinema buff type people exist out there who are secret VFX stars in the making? I'm talking about the naturals here, the people you go to the cinema with who appreciate the stuff that doesn't even cross your mind, or the friend who is an absolute Playstation wizzard. Sometimes, putting two and two together doesn't come easily and associating your love of film or great visual trickery with a career are poles apart. Or sometimes for whatever reason it just isn't possible. Because of family or work commitments maybe becoming the person who's sat behind the cinema screen, rather than someone who's watching it just wasn't an option. So watch the video let us know if the bear is familiar!

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Tue 29 May 2012: 9:30am

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A Webinar at The Mill, Beer, Pizza and Bond…

A Webinar at The Mill, Beer, Pizza and Bond…

Last week Claire Anderson, Talent Manager at The Mill divulged some of the greatest tips and tricks young artists need to apply in order to cut it in the VFX Industry. I have to say; I couldn’t help but feel a little awestruck listening to our Training Manager and Claire chat away during the 40 minute webinar because of the room we were stationed at. It was like something from a bond movie – check out the pictures! Filled with The Mill’s previous conquests (let’s be clear that I’m talking about Oscars and Bafta’s here….) I kept expecting a drinks cabinet and a man with a white cat to appear from behind one of the walls. One thing’s for sure, The Mill certainly know what they’re talking about and have the awards to prove it.

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"The most important thing about my job? That I still get to blow stuff up!"

When Sue Rowe, Cinesite’s senior VFX Supervisor on John Carter, came in to talk to our students it was like a breath of fresh air. Reassuringly, despite having masses of technical and creative responsibility, her fundamental joy is much the same as the students studying with us – that blowing stuff up is what still excites her.

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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words...

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words...

Those smiles pretty much tell this story! On 28th of March 2012 one of our Compositing classes had the exciting opportunity of having their work critiqued by two of MPC's finest: Christine Troianello and Doug Larmour and they loved every minute of it. The project they were asked to complete was a 115'" shot requiring both roto and keying which is taught on the course. The assignment was not without its challenges though! They had to deal with heavy motion-blur, integration of the key and the roto, as well as the amount of detail certain parts of the shot required. Toya Drechsler took the time to explain what the whole experience was like.

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Want to See Your Name on the Big Screen?

Want to See Your Name on the Big Screen?

It's great to see our escapees leading the way in a new film from Skillset promoting the computer graphics industry.

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Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Are you an aspiring CG artist who’s trying to get your CG career off the ground? Are you working in the creative industry and want to transfer your skills to VFX? We know how difficult it can be to make decisions and chose the right path, but that’s where our Careers Guide can help. By revealing the many opportunities that exist within the CG industry, the guide helps you overcome some of the hurdles you might face when you start making career choices.

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Animation Tutor Alex Williams is Eggstatic

Animation Tutor Alex Williams is Eggstatic

The biggest egg hunt that London has ever witnessed is taking place on the 21st February this year, all in the name of charity.

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Tue 17 Jan 2012: 12:28pm

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Get More Skills and Still Enjoy the Summer

If you want to gain some extra skills and enjoy whatever sunshine the British Summer has to offer, then one of our new short courses might offer a solution.  We've listened to lots of junior artists who wanted tuition on the subjects that really matter in the industry, which is why we've created the following intensive 4-day courses:

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